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How Does My Overall Health Affect My Oral Health?

How Does My Overall Health Affect My Oral Health?

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 10:14 am.

Did you know that your overall health can adversely affect your oral health? Certain health conditions or the medications used to manage them can directly impact the health of your mouth. We, at May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry, are committed to helping you maintain a healthy smile in the face of any challenges you may be facing. We are here for you every step of the way.

Following are some conditions that may affect your oral health.

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux (GERD) increases the risk of tooth erosion resulting from stomach acid dissolving the tooth enamel. If you experience reflux episodes, rinse thoroughly to reduce the acid in your mouth. Avoid brushing your teeth right away, because the bristles can damage your enamel that is softened by the acid.

Diabetes

Diabetes and periodontal (gum) disease have a two-way relationship. The inflammation from periodontal disease may impair the body’s ability to utilize insulin, the hormone that converts sugar to energy, and high blood sugar provides the ideal condition for gum infection to flourish. Managing each of these conditions will reflect positively on the other. Diabetes can cause dry mouth, slow healing of mouth sores, and can increase the risk of cavities and infections of the mouth.

Cancer

More than a third of cancer patients experience oral health problems. Cancer treatments weaken the immune system, making the mouth susceptible to infection. Cancer patients often report mouth sores, dry mouth, sensitive gums, and jaw pain.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis causes the bones to weaken and become brittle, which could lead to bone loss in your jaws. Moreover, some of the medications used to manage osteoporosis can cause problems in the jawbones.

Other Health Conditions

Additional conditions that may affect your oral health include high blood pressure, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), thyroid problems, HIV/AIDS, iron deficiency, eating disorders, and more.

Safeguarding Your Oral Health

If you have a chronic condition, or if you are at risk for one, you need to take meticulous care of your mouth. Make sure to brush at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, consume a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, refrain from the use of tobacco products, and schedule your regular dental exams and cleanings twice a year.

Quality Dental Care in Valencia, CA

Visit May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about maintaining your healthy smile. Our exceptional team is committed to providing the best care possible to ensure that you enjoy optimal oral health regardless of any health conditions. We invite you to experience dental care at its best. Call us today!

What Are Implant Supported Dentures?

What Are Implant Supported Dentures?

Posted on Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 10:10 am.

Are you in search of a stable and comfortable restorative dentistry solution to replace missing teeth? If so, implant-supported dentures may be just what you need. These restorations are sturdy and secure, and function like your natural teeth. Talk to your trusted team at May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to find out if implant-supported dentures are right for you.

What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are types of overdentures that are held in place by titanium dental implants, unlike their conventional counterparts that rest on the gums. The dentures come with special attachments that snap onto the implants, allowing you to remove them while providing you with stability and the confidence that they will stay in place.

What Are the Types of Implant-Supported Dentures?

The two main types of implant-supported dentures are bar-retained and ball-retained dentures. Both types of dentures come with acrylic bases that are designed to look like your gums, with porcelain or acrylic artificial teeth attached to the bases.

Bar-retained dentures require two or more implants, which support a thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw. The dentures are fitted to the bar and use attachment fixtures to clip them securely in place. Ball-retained dentures, however, involve ball-shaped metal attachments secured to the implants that fit into attachments placed on your dentures. That provides comfort, security, and stability.

Why Choose Implant-Supported Dentures?

The most significant benefit of implant-supported dentures is the stimulation they provide to the jawbone. When tooth roots go missing, the jawbone begins to deteriorate and shrink. Implants are the only restorations available that preserve the jaw bone, helping it maintain its shape and strength. Traditional dentures usually require regular adjustment and relining to accommodate the changes that take place in the jaw. Implant-supported dentures, however, will likely never need any adjustment, saving you time and money over the years.

Implant-supported dentures are incredibly secure and comfortable and do not require the use of dental adhesives, pastes, or powders. They look like your natural teeth and allow you to chew and speak with ease. Best of all, you’ll restore your youthful, confident smile. With proper care, your implant-supported dentures can last a lifetime!

Implant Supported Dentures In Valencia, CA

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry, to learn more about restoring your missing teeth using implant-supported dentures. We are committed to delivering quality, durable restorations using the latest technology and techniques. We look forward to helping you smile with confidence once again. Call us and schedule your appointment today!

How Long Will I Need to Wait for a Dental Implant After an Extraction?

How Long Will I Need to Wait for a Dental Implant After an Extraction?

Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2019 at 7:33 pm.

Congratulations on your decision to replace your missing tooth using a dental implant. Implants are the best and most stable restorations available, with remarkable looking and feeling results. What determines how long you will wait for your implant after extraction depends on how much bone and tissue structures are present. After taking a 3D scan of the area, we will be able to determine the length of your treatment. 

Immediate Placement

If you have sufficient bone present around the extraction site to stabilize the dental implant, we may be able to place an implant immediately after removing your tooth. The implant will fuse to the bone in a process called osseointegration over 3-6 months, after which we will place your prosthetic crown. Implants fully restore a tooth’s form and function, delivering incredible results.

Early Placement

Early implant placement refers to placing the implant 2-3 months after extraction, during which the bone heals, and the site is better prepared. Early implants must be placed within this timeframe since two-thirds of bone resorption occurs within the first three months after extraction. Once again, we will need to wait for the implant to heal and bond with the bone before placing the prosthetic tooth, which usually requires 3-6 additional months. 

Delayed Placement

If you have an insufficient amount of bone at the extraction site, we may first need to perform bone grafting before placing the implant. After the procedure, you may require 3-6 months to heal, and then the area will be ready for the implant. You will need to wait an additional 3-6 months before being fitted with your permanent prosthetic crown.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

While the procedure may be lengthy, the results are well worth the wait and the effort. Implants are the best available alternatives to healthy, natural teeth. They are stable and durable, offering a permanent solution to restore a missing tooth’s look, feel, and function. Implants are the only restorations available that help preserve the bone because they act just like natural tooth roots. With proper care, your dental implants have the potential of lasting a lifetime.

Quality Dental Implants in Valencia, CA

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry, to learn more about restoring your missing teeth using dental implants. We are here to answer all your questions and to determine your best treatment options depending on your unique condition. With our commitment to utilizing the best technology and techniques, you can trust that your smile is in capable hands. Call us and schedule your appointment today!

How Often Should I See My Dentist If I Have Periodontal Disease?

How Often Should I See My Dentist If I Have Periodontal Disease?

Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 at 8:08 am.

Periodontal (gum) disease is a progressive condition which can be successfully managed or even reversed. After treatment, it’s essential that you return frequently for dental exams and cleanings. Our preventative care is designed to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape.

Periodontal Disease Overview

The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. It develops when dental plaque builds up on teeth, particularly where the gums and teeth meet. Gingivitis is usually reversible, so it’s important to identify and treat it before it progresses.

Gingivitis left untreated can progress to periodontitis, which is an advanced stage of gum disease. The gums begin to separate from the teeth forming spaces called periodontal pockets. Bacteria are trapped in these pockets, causing further inflammation. Periodontitis is characterized by bleeding, swelling, and receding gums, and may cause bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth. It can potentially result in damage to the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth, potentially leading to tooth loss.

Treating Periodontal Disease

Treating gum disease requires a deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing.  Scaling removes plaque and tartar accumulated on the tooth surfaces and below the gum line. Root planing, on the other hand, smoothes out the root surfaces, preventing any further buildup of plaque and tartar, and promoting the healing and the reattachment of the gums to the teeth.

Scaling and root planing usually treat and reverse gingivitis, restoring your gum health. If, however, your gum disease is advanced, you may need additional treatments, including antibiotics or surgical intervention.

How Often Should I See My Dentist If I Have Periodontal Disease?

The frequency of your routine exams and cleanings depends on your gum health. People with healthy gums typically require cleanings two times a year, while people with periodontal disease will need to schedule 3-4 dental visits a year. During your appointment, we will carefully clean your teeth, examine your gum tissue, and measure your pocket depth and gum recession. Our goal is to manage the condition and to maintain your gum and bone health.

Keeping Your Gums Healthy

Prevention is the best way to avoid dealing with gum disease. Make sure to brush your teeth regularly and to floss daily. Consider using mouthwash to help reduce plaque accumulating between your teeth. Keeping up with your routine professional exams and cleanings will help keep your gums clean and healthy.

Quality Dental Care in Valencia, CA

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about managing gum disease and maintaining a healthy smile. Whether you are dealing with gingivitis or periodontitis, we are here to help. Call us today!

Tips and Tricks Every Invisalign Patient Should Know

Tips and Tricks Every Invisalign Patient Should Know

Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 9:45 am.

Choosing Invisalign for a beautiful, straight smile is a comfortable, discreet option that works faster and is safer for your teeth than traditional braces. If you’ve decided to opt for Invisalign, the following are some tips to help you get the most out of your treatment.

Follow Your Customized Plan

Make sure you wear your virtually invisible aligners for 22 hours a day. Being removable, it’s easy to forget to wear them and may be tempting to take them off. Make sure you take out your aligners only when eating or cleaning your teeth. Otherwise, you will delay your treatment and you won’t be done as soon as you would like.

It’s also important to change aligners about every two weeks, as per your customized plan. Moving on to the next set of aligners early or leaving them on for a few extra days will interfere with your treatment plan.

Keep Your Teeth and Aligners Clean

Since the aligners fully encase your teeth, saliva can’t reach them to rebuild the enamel surfaces. Additionally, food debris can be trapped, making your teeth more susceptible to cavities. Make sure you follow a meticulous oral hygiene routine, including brushing using fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly.

It’s also important to keep your aligners clean to avoid discoloration, odor, and bacteria buildup. Rinse them every time you take them out and clean them carefully every time you brush your teeth using a soft-bristled brush, especially first thing in the morning and before you go to sleep. You may want to use the Invisalign® cleaning system specially designed for your aligners. 

Store Your Invisalign® Aligners Safely

Never leave your Invisalign® trays exposed when you are not wearing them to avoid bacteria buildup or accidental damage. Carry your case wherever you go in the event you need to take your aligners out to eat.

Give Your Mouth Time to Adjust

While wearing Invisalign® aligners is comfortable as compared to traditional metal braces, you will still need a little time to adjust. You may experience some soreness for the first few days, which should soon resolve. You may also notice a lisp, so practice speaking with the aligners in your mouth, and soon, you won’t even notice they are there. If you have concerns or experience any discomfort, contact your trusted team at May Conte D.D.S. for evaluation.

Live Life to the Fullest

Invisalign® allows you to enhance your smile while living your life to the fullest. You can laugh, eat, take selfies, or engage in athletic activities without any restrictions or interference. If you follow your treatment plan, you will find yourself gradually shaping the smile of your dreams.

Invisalign® in Valencia, CA

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about enhancing your smile with Invisalign®. We are committed to utilizing cutting-edge technology and techniques designed to deliver beautiful smiles. Call us today!